Sunday 4 December 2016

Iron dome cannot protect Israel's image

Hamas cannot match its neighbour's military might, but it knows that provocation can help win propaganda war, writes Willie Kealy

Published 03/08/2014 | 02:30

Smoke rises after an explosion in Gaza yesterday. Some Israeli ground forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip , two Israeli television stations reported, after the military said it was close to achieving its main war goal of destroying Hamas cross-border tunnels. Photo: Reuters/Siegfried Modola
Smoke rises after an explosion in Gaza yesterday. Some Israeli ground forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip , two Israeli television stations reported, after the military said it was close to achieving its main war goal of destroying Hamas cross-border tunnels. Photo: Reuters/Siegfried Modola

History is a bitch. Germany tried to wipe out the Jewish race. After the war the surviving Jews were owed something. That something was a homeland which the Western powers (including Russia) carved out of Palestine. It was a betrayal of their Arab allies who had been promised this would not happen. But on balance it was probably thought treachery was less evil than genocide. So the seeds of confrontation were sown in murder and betrayal.

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Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East - with some flaws - would probably be happy enough to live in peace with its neighbours. Hamas wants the State of Israel to disappear off the face of the earth, and all of Palestine to be for the Palestinians. Thus the "Two-State" solution works for only one side at the moment.

Israel, thanks in no small part to a huge hand-out of billions of dollars from the US annually, is dominant militarily and has defeated its enemies in the region (not just the Palestinians) in successive wars.

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